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Arashi releases Bruno Mars-written 1st all-English song

Japanese boy band Arashi today released their first English song, “Whenever You Call‘, which is written and produced by Bruno Mars. Image credit: Arashi Twitter account
Image credit: Arashi Twitter account

Japanese boy band Arashi today released their first English song, “Whenever You Call‘, which is written and produced by Bruno Mars. The popular boy band had the world’s best-selling album in 2019, beating Taylor Swift.

The digital single is available for streaming and download, and a music video has been uploaded to the official YouTube channel of Arashi.

According to Japan Times, the Grammy-award winning American singer and songwriter decided to write and produce the song for Arashi “after listening to the group’s previous songs and watching concert videos, and gave the members vocal lessons as well.”

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Hatsune Miku tapped by Japan gov’t vs coronavirus

Japan has appointed Hatsune Miku, one of the world's most popular virtual idols, as Coronavirus Countermeasure Supporter. Image credit: Crypton Future Media, INC.
Image credit: Crypton Future Media, INC.

The Japanese government has appointed Hatsune Miku, one of the world’s most popular virtual idols, as Coronavirus Countermeasure Supporter.

According to a report by Japan Today, this position is under the Japanese Cabinet Secretariat’s Office for Novel Coronavirus Disease Control.

“This office is responsible for informing the public of the latest in infection prevention methods based on the most up to date knowledge of the virus. Previous awareness campaigns include how to use the contact tracing app that no one else uses, and avoiding the ‘Three Cs’ of closed spaces, crowded places, and close-contact settings.”

Developed by Sapporo-based music technology company Crypton Future Media, INC., Hatsune Miku is a singing voice synthesizer featured in over 100,000 songs released worldwide. Her name means “the first sound from the future”.

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‘Inuyasha’ sequel: ‘Yashahime: Princess Half Demon’

The Inuyasha sequel 'Yashahime: Princess Half Demon' features the daughters of Sesshomaru and Inuyasha. Image credit: VIZ Media
The ‘Inuyasha’ sequel ‘Yashahime: Princess Half Demon’ features the daughters of Sesshomaru and Inuyasha. Image credit: VIZ Media

Get ready to revisit the Inuyasha universe. Not only has an “Inuyasha” sequel from SUNRISE been confirmed, but series creator Rumiko Takahashi is also joining the team as main character design.

“Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon” features the daughters of Sesshomaru and Inuyasha. While looking for her half-demon twin Setsuna, Towa will wander into a mysterious tunnel that sends her from feudal Japan into the modern world. Reunited ten years later in feudal Japan, Towa will find out that Setsuna appears to have lost all memories of her. Joined by Moroha, the daughter of Inuyasha and Kagome, the three young women will travel between the two eras on an adventure to regain their missing past.

“The three heroines are beautifully designed. I am looking forward to their adventures,” Eisner Hall of Famer Takahashi said in a press statement.